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Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced on Tuesday that it will release the .hack//G.U. Last Recode game for PlayStation 4 and PC in North America in late 2017. The company began streaming an English version of the game's first promotional video, which Bandai Namco Entertainment also began streaming in Japanese on Tuesday.
The game is also slated to ship in Europe in late 2017. The game will be available both physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, as well as for PC via Steam. The game's official Japanese website does not list a release date for the game in Japan.
Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine revealed the action role-playing game last week. The release will include remastered and enhanced versions of the .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce, and .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption games. The HD remaster marks the .hack series' 15th anniversary.
The game will feature new elements that “make it feel like a new game.” The full-HD remaster will have high-definition movies, including all movies from the Terminal Disk that bundled with the special edition of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth. System improvements will include an added retry function, Cheat Mode, and rebalanced avatar battles. The release will increase movement speed, item slots, battle tempo, Skeith's shooting speed, and other systems. In addition, "Haseo with an unfamiliar look" will appear.
The magazine will feature an interview with .hack// and .hack//G.U. producer and current Bandai Namco Entertainment executive Daisuke Uchiyama. The interview also features CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama, who is working on the remaster. The interview reveals that the company decided to make a remaster to introduce a new generation of players to the series. All three volumes of the original game will be playable in the remaster. In addition to the series' 15th anniversary, this year marks 10 years since the end of .hack//G.U. and is also the year that the game's story is set in.
The original .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth role-playing game shipped for PlayStation 2 in Japan and North America in 2006. .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce shipped in Japan in 2006 and in North America in 2007. .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption shipped in Japan and North America in 2007. The games inspired a manga, light novel, and the .hack//G.U. Trilogy anime film. Bandai Entertainment and Funimation released the anime on DVD in North America.
The second anime season based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga ended on Saturday, and the season finale announced that the third season will premiere in 2018.
The second season premiered in Japan on 21 networks, including Tokyo MX and MBS, on April 1. Funimation began streaming a simulcast version on the same day, and Crunchyroll is also streaming the series. Funimation announced in December that it licensed the second anime season.
The English dub of the second season premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami in April, and then on Funimation's streaming service a day later.
Production on a second season of The Silver Guardian (Gin no Guardian), Haoliners Emon's anime of the Chinese web comic Yín Zhī Shǒu Mù Rén, has been green-lit for a January 2018 premiere. The 12th and final episode of the first season aired on Saturday, and the anime's official website will provide more information on the new season in the future.
The anime premiered on Tokyo MX1 on April 1. Each episode is 15 minutes long. Crunchyroll has been streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan, and Funimation began streaming an English dub on May 3.
Crunchyroll describes the story:
The protagonist, Riku Suigin is a pro-level gamer. The heroine, Riku Rei, knows of this and is the most beautiful girl in school and also loves video games. Suigin receives a device to play a net game called “Grave Buster” from Rei, but Rei is suddenly kidnapped. When Rei puts his hand on the device, he's sucked into the world of the game. And in that world, a battle between the tomb raiders and tomb protectors for the tomb of the mother goddess Bango's tomb has been going on for 1000 years.
Masahiko Ohkura (Yukikaze, Blue Drop) directed the first season at Haoliners Emon, and also handled the series scripts alongside Hidefumi Kimura (Uta∽Kata, Kiddy Grade). Yoshiaki Tsubata (Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~) designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Minako Seki (both seasons of Kingdom) composed the music.
The original Chinese web comic Yín Zhī Shǒu Mù Rén has more than 418 million views since March 2016. The anime project was first revealed in December 2015 as Emon Animation Company's first anime project.
FUNimation Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for its theatrical release of the anime film based on Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ novel. The company also posted a list of U.S. theaters that will screen the film, and confirmed that the screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
The film will open for two nights in U.S. theaters on July 12 and 13.
Funimation previously debuted the other two Project Itoh films, The Empire of Corpses and Harmony, in select theaters last year in April and May, respectively. The Empire of Corpses screened with an English dub while Harmony had both English-dubbed and English-subtitled screenings.
Genocidal Organ opened in Japan on February 3.
The film stars:
Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint describes Genocidal Organ's original novel:
The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it's up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.
The new anime company Geno Studio produced the film. Geno Studio took over production of the film after the studio Manglobe, which was originally animating the film, filed for bankruptcy in September 2015. The film's staff then announced in October 2015 that the film had been delayed.
An official website was launched for Kyoto Animation's anime adaptation of the light novel Violet Evergarden, revealing staff members along with a promotional video and a key visual. Yui Ishikawa (Shingeki no Kyojin) will cast as Violet. The anime is scheduled to broadcast in Winter 2018. The first two episodes will be pre-screened at Kyoto Animation & Do Fan Kansha Event on October 21, and a world premiere will take place at Anime Expo on July 2.
AnimagiC 2017 will host the anime's Eurpean premiere of the first episode in Mannheim, Germany. Kyoto Animation and Do Animation's third fan appreciation event will host the Japanese premiere of the anime's first two episodes in Kyoto on October 21. C3 AFA Singapore 2017 will host the Singaporean premiere of the first episode.
Kyoto Animation announced an anime project based on author Kana Akatsuki and illustrator Akiko Takase's Violet Evergarden novel in May 2016, and has streamed two animated commercials (below) from director and storyboard artist Taichi Ishidate. Takase served as character designer and animation director for the videos. Ishidate and Takase are returning for the anime itself, and Reiko Yoshida (Yowamushi Pedal, Bakuman.) is in charge of series composition.
Anime Expo describes the story:
There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.
A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.
Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people's thoughts and convert them into words.
Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people's emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.
KA Esuma Bunko published the novel series' two volumes in Japan in December 2015 and December 2016. The novels won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award program's novel category in 2014. The win marked the first time that any work won a grand prize in any of the contest's three categories (novel, scenario, and manga).
This year's Anime Expo convention will run from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, the convention will formally include a preview night a day before on June 30. The convention will host world premieres for the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue - Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears) video anime, the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film, the Welcome to the Ballroom television anime, Tatsunoko Productions' Infini-T Force television anime, and the English dub for the Fate/Grand Order: First Order anime special. The convention will host the U.S. premiere of The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars- anime film. Crunchyroll will a preview screening of the first three episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride anime at the convention.
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